Photo by Peter De Jong

It’s Aug. 17, the 229th day of the year; 136 days remain in 2018. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 80 at the Chicago shore, 67 at the Chicago crib and 77 at the Wilmette buoy.


Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival kicks off in downtown Evanston. Fun, music, art and food – something for everyone all weekend. 4-9 p.m.


School of Rock Summer Friday music, 5:30 p.m. Families and dogs welcome.

In History:

1943: Robert De Niro is born.

1969: Woodstock concludes in Bethel, N. Y. (“Who’ll Stop the Rain?”)

1978: Balloon crosses the Atlantic.

1998: Bill Clinton testifies in front of a grand jury.